Social exclusion is a key issue in Europe's social policy. Both the European Horizon 2020 strategy and the Digital Single Market strategy for Europe aim to support disengaged and disadvantaged learners, enhancing their employability and integration into society. These learners include children in danger of social exclusion, who show few or no signs of empathy and high levels of aggressive or anti-social behaviours.
The ProsocialLearn project is creating a suite of games and an educational game ecosystem tailored to teach children "Prosocial Skills" (including those for friendship; dealing with feelings and skills for collaboration) that can both help them achieve academically and also equip them for better social interaction in later life.
To this end, the ProsocialLearn project is bringing together game developers and teaching communities around Europe to collaborate within an on-line platform developed by the project to nurture a prosocial learning ecosystem. Features of this platform include:
A key challenge in the project is assessing prosociality and defining objectives for the children’s participation. ProscialLearn complements the data gathered through the in-game actions with profiling information and observation analysis of the actual way of playing (e.g. voice or facial expression) with the final goal of inferring the emotional state of the child.
IT Innovation is focusing on applied human-centered computing in this project. We play a number of crucial roles, including:
ProsocialLearn has developed some important prototype games running on the ProsocialLearn platform that have been evaluated in European and UK schools:
Our evaluations of The Chase game in both Italian and UK schools have resulted in very positive responses from both students and teachers. In addition to demonstrating the application of learning positive social skills in a games based, pedagogical setting, our trials have also generated an important scientific data set that is being used the development of our voice based emotion classification service.
You can read more about The Chase game [here].
The ProsocialLearn project is funded by the EC H2020 ICT framework programme.
This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 644204.